Saturday, November 30, 2013

Defy by Sara B. Larson

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
~Goodreads

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell


When a mysterious parcel arrives at her family’s new home, eleven-year-old Lin Rosenquist has a curious feeling she’s meant to discover what’s inside.
Much to Lin’s surprise, the ornate key contained in the parcel unlocks a spellbinding world called Sylver, hidden behind the cellar door. Sylver is an enchanting land of eternal winter, inhabited by animals that shared a special connection with children in the real world, either as beloved pets or tamed wild animals. In death, they are delivered to Sylver, where they take on a curiously human-like form and still watch over the children they cherish. While Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved pet, Rufus, she soon learns that the magic of the Petlings and Wilders is failing, and snow trolls want to claim Sylver for themselves. Lin must discover a way to stop them and save this enchanted world.
Full of charm, suspense, and heartfelt emotion, this memorable classic in the making will leave readers breathless.
~Goodreads


Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 356
Type: Hardcover


Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Shop Indie



One
Because independent bookstore buyers personally meet with sales representitives from each publishing house to discuss what books are most anticipated and why. 

Two
Because each bookstore offers a slightly different inventory of books depending on its readership and its employees' personal choices. 

Three
Because independent bookstore employees personally read as many of the books in their store as possible, in advance, to recommend to you. 

Four
Because independent bookstores can know you by name, what books you like, and keep you updated on new releases tailored to your personal interests. 

Five
Because independent bookstores will spend time finding the right book for you

Six
Because each independent bookstore has its own aesthetic and vibe. Barnes & Noble is corporate and similar and Amazon is removed and impersonal. 

Seven
Because buying from the independent bookstore supports the local economy. 

Eight
Because independent bookstores offer you a chance to feel the book and see it for yourself. Instead of online, like Amazon.  

Nine
Because independent bookstores allow you to stumble upon books you might not otherwise consider. 

Ten 
Because an independent bookstore offers its city a certain vibe it can't get any other way. And let's face it, they're awesome. 


Do you shop indie sometimes or all the time? Why or why not?

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Happy reading! 
The (YA) Bookcase Team 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (3)


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This week Penguin Young Readers was very nice to us! We received three titles from authors we love.



What did you get this week? Please share! (At the store, we are redoing our inventory and I would love to know what you consider MUST-HAVES for books this upcoming winter season!) 

Happy reading,
The (YA) Bookcase 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (6)


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Today we're waiting on a LOT of books. But we picked The Taking by Kimberly Derting. Many of the reviewers are fans of her Body Finder series and, once I heard the disturbing plot and saw the beautiful cover, I knew I had to read it. We are also waiting on Panic by Lauren Oliver and Starling by Fiona Paul. What about you? 



Coming April 2014 from HarperCollins!

Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase Team 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way—by stealing her heart.
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom--all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 310
Type: Hardccover 

Reviewed by Zack, age 13

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Paperback  

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.
After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice
~Goodreads

Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Number of Pages: 389
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Friday, November 1, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Only in Dreams by Wendy Owens

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Today is the cover reveal for Only In Dreams by Wendy Owens!

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Only In Dreams is releasing in November 2013

Paige Parker thinks she has everything figured out. Even though her heart is broken, she manages to find love again, and she’s sure this time it’s for keeps.

 Between planning her wedding and working on garments for her upcoming debut fashion show, Paige is overwhelmed. When her fiancĂ©, Henry, suggests a couple months away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to focus, she is thrilled to use the opportunity to reconnect with her best friend, Emmie. 

Paige heads to Texas, ready to spend some quality time with Emmie and her baby girl. When she arrives, she is shocked to find herself face-to-face with Christian Bennett, the man who broke her heart. 

She finds herself confused. Is she truly over her first love? Is she making a mistake marrying Henry? Paige follows her heart, but this may be the most painful decision she ever makes. It leaves her wondering if true love is possible ONLY IN DREAMS.

Have you read Stubborn Love yet?

Stubborn Love



Life for Emmie Hayes hasn't been easy. After her reality is rocked by tragedy, she heads to New York City in hopes of finding herself again.

With a new school and a new outlook on life, Emmie is determined to not let anything distract her. Everything begins to fall into place around her until her roommate, Paige, shows up with the very distraction she desperately needs to avoid, and he has no intention of being ignored.

His name is Colin Bennett, and he isn't part of her new plan. But with his smoldering eyes and perfect body, it would be difficult for any girl to ignore him. The problem? Emmie isn't any girl. With her tragic past, there may not be any way into her stubborn heart.

About Wendy Owens

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Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

For more info on Wendy’s young adult fiction visit http://wendy-owens.com/

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